The Wall Street Journal wrote about “School Choice Deniers” in yesterday’s paper.1 The editorial notes that, while most studies of voucher programs show benefits for the students involved, opponents of the programs focus on those studies which show no benefits or that show voucher students actually doing worse. Which is, of course, the problem with focusing the argument for vouchers on academic studies of how well students do. You can always find some study somewhere that will support your argument.
What opponents of vouchers can’t find is a voucher program without a waiting list or a lottery program without more applicants than spots. Because the best indication of how well voucher programs are doing is not some academic study; it’s the number of parents who sign their kids up.2 Because it is parents who know best what is good for their children.
1 Sorry about the paywall.
2 I have written on this before (see inter alia, here, here, and here), but it is important enough to say it often.